When Chester Gould Ruled

Nick Caputo writes comic articles and essays and is the author of the blog, Marvel Mysteries and Comics Minutiae.   Nick’s latest work is a loving article about growing up reading the Dick Tracy comic strip during the space age era.  Like many who started reading Tracy during the moon period, these stories were not strange and contrary to the gritty 30’s and 40’s crime capers that their parents grew up with but were exciting introductions to a detective who could go to the Moon and back to solve a crime.  If you have the time, head on over to Nick’s blog for a read!

Place 2 Be Nation – Dick Tracy Podcast

P2BNewpodbannerHappy October Tracy fans, hope you are enjoying the wrap-up of the Blackheart case after an explosive finale.  With the action easing up I thought you might be interested in a something a bit different and I might have just that with a Dick Tracy retrospective podcast.

Kelly and Johnny of Place 2 Be Nation have launched a monthly Imaginary Stories podcast where they discuss classic comic books and strips with an emphasis on history and lesser known bits of information.  For their second podcast the boys are targeting the Dick Tracy comic strip and the pair spend a couple hours with a thorough retrospective.

Among the topics discussed on this show…

  • The story of the strip’s creation in 1931 by Chester Gould
  • A decade by decade look at the most memorable story lines and characters
  • An exploration of Tracy in other media over the years, including an in-depth look at the 1990 movie
  • And much much more at during the 3 hour broadcast.

So if you have some time, hop on over to their podcast page and enjoy a journey into the past.

The Life & Times of Chester Gould – Oklahoma Magazine

Untitled-2For those of you who are interested, Oklahoma Magazine has a nice “Life and Times of Chester Gould” article for your reading pleasure, including comments by Mike Curtis.  I’ve always found the below story about Tess and Tracy’s marriage interesting.

Perhaps the reason Gould’s characters seemed so real to so many was that their creator viewed them in much the same way.

“Around Christmas of 1949,” says Curtis, “an interview with Gould came out in The Saturday Evening Post, and one of the questions the reporter asked him was, ‘Is Tracy ever going to get married?’ Gould said, ‘No, he doesn’t have time for it. He doesn’t have time to get married. So he never will.’

“Because of the prep time on articles, by the time it came out in the Post, Tracy had eloped with Tess Truehart. So the magazine contacted him again, asking him, ‘What about this?’ And Gould just shook his head, smiled, and said, ‘Tracy never tells me anything.’”

Source: The Life & Times of Chester Gould – Oklahoma Magazine

The Energizing Art of Joe Staton

Hey Joe Staton fans, you don’t want to miss out on the current issue of the COMIC BOOK CREATOR which includes a very, very, very lengthy interview with both Joe and his wife Hilarie covering all manner of topics from their family and early inspirations through Joe’s many works including Green Lantern, Scooby Doo, The Huntress and of course Dick Tracy.  This interview is not a page or two of questions and answers you might see elsewhere.  Joe and Hilarie really spend their time with CBC and we are graced with roughly 40 pages of discussion complemented by Staton pictures and a well chosen samples of his artwork.

COMIC BOOK CREATOR is wise enough to provide a shareable sample of their interview, which you can read below.  At the end you is a link to buy a copy of the full issue, in paper or digital (which is only $3.95).  Cheers all!